- (used as a polite addition to requests, commands, etc.) if you would be so obliging; kindly: Please come here. Will you please turn the radio off?
- to like, wish, or feel inclined: Go where you please.
- to give pleasure or satisfaction; be agreeable: manners that please.
- if you please,
- if it be your pleasure; if you like or prefer.
- (used as an exclamation expressing astonishment, indignation, etc.): The missing letter was in his pocket, if you please!
Origin of please
SynonymsSee more synonyms for please on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for pleases
In the short run, Russia has the power to do as it pleases on its borders.The Unhappy Truth About Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
May 2, 2014
The only goal is to make a simple experience that pleases our users and advertisers alike.A Note on Our New Look
October 29, 2013
In practice, he was asking the legislature to grant him extraordinary powers to run the country as he pleases for the next year.How Nicolas Maduro Is Strangling Democracy In Venezuela
October 10, 2013
The First Amendment, of course, guarantees the right to free speech and assembly, and to worship as one pleases.There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights
May 5, 2013
On The Voice, Christina Aguilera shows off her ample curves in whatever tight, tiny outfit she pleases.The Skinny on ‘Modern Family’ Cast’s Hollywood Weight Makeover
Maria Elena Fernandez
November 19, 2012
He belongs to all our societies, and just does what he pleases.
What is to be done with persons who will only see what pleases them?A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
Let my lady have the words, and she will place them in such order as pleases her best.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then am I to be thrown down, like a sack, when it pleases them to run?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It pleases the All-Powerful to give more to some than to others.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- to give satisfaction, pleasure, or contentment to (a person); make or cause (a person) to be glad
- to be the will of or have the will (to)if it pleases you; the court pleases
- if you please if you will or wish, sometimes used in ironic exclamation
- pleased with happy because of
- please oneself to do as one likes
- (sentence modifier) used in making polite requests and in pleading, asking for a favour, etcplease don't tell the police where I am
- yes please a polite formula for accepting an offer, invitation, etc
Word Origin and History for pleases
early 14c., "to be agreeable," from Old French plaisir "to please, give pleasure to, satisfy" (11c., Modern French plaire, the form of which is perhaps due to analogy of faire), from Latin placere "to be acceptable, be liked, be approved," related to placare "to soothe, quiet" (source of Spanish placer, Italian piacere), possibly from PIE *plak-e- "to be calm," via notion of still water, etc., from root *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).
Meaning "to delight" in English is from late 14c. Inverted use for "to be pleased" is from c.1500, first in Scottish, and paralleling the evolution of synonymous like (v.). Intransitive sense (e.g. do as you please) first recorded c.1500; imperative use (e.g. please do this), first recorded 1620s, was probably a shortening of if it please (you) (late 14c.). Related: Pleased; pleasing; pleasingly.
Verbs for "please" supply the stereotype polite word (e.g. "Please come in," short for may it please you to ...) in many languages (French, Italian), "But more widespread is the use of the first singular of a verb for 'ask, request' " [Buck, who cites German bitte, Polish proszę, etc.]. Spanish favor is short for hace el favor "do the favor." Danish has in this sense vær saa god, literally "be so good."
Idioms and Phrases with pleases
see as you please.